A Nostalgic Trip into the 90s
Remember going to the mall in the late 90s and walking past kiosks full of “Hit Dance Music” compilations, blaring club tracks like there was no tomorrow? We do, and chances are you do too – some of you probably even ordered them as box sets on TV for just three easy payments of $19.95. For this, and a dozen other reasons, we will forever have a soft spot in our hearts for a generation ripe with pop stars, goth stars, club kids, and incredible dance music.
As a blog of the 2010s, International House of Sound made the conscious decision to live in the present moment in hopes of later becoming part of the very generation that will come to define itself. Because of that, we’d like to pay our respects to the great decade of the 1990s that directly influenced all of the dance music we hear today. It was the generation of chokers, platforms, J-LO glasses, butterflies, JNCO jeans, flames, smilies, devils and 98% angels. We’d like to take you on a trip through memory lane fueled by of some of the greatest and recognizable dance tracks of the time. Below are 16 tracks that will hopefully continue to unite people from all walks of life through the end of time.
1. Amber – “This Is Your Night”
Released in 1996, we hope this Eurodance track floods the gates with good memories and a longing for what’s to come.
2. Corona – “Rhythm of the Night”
This was the classic soundtrack for a typical night out after 1994.
3. Haddaway – “What is Love?”
This 1993 hit came from German born singer Nestor Hadddaway, who’s world wide sales had reached 2.6 million by 1994.
4. Cher – “Believe”
This track arrived on the later side of the decade (1998) with a more polished finish.
5. Snap! – “Rhythm Is A Dancer”
This peak hour dance-floor obliterator arrived in 1992 and spent 6 weeks at the top in the UK charts where it became the second biggest selling single of 1992.
6. The Spice Girls – “Who Do You Think You Are?”
While this wasn’t a top Spice Girls hit, this list is nothing without the track in the Spice Girls Movie club scene. Also, the 90s are nothing without them.
7. Technotronic – “Pump The Jam”
This may or may not have sparked the 90s’ obsession with butts, but it did make a lasting impression.
8. La Bouche – “Be My Lover”
This was the 90s version of Italo Disco.
9. ATC – “All Around The World”
We don’t care what you say: if you don’t know this track you have been living under a rock your whole life, and you obviously only listen to metal.
10. Alice DJ – “Better Off Alone”
This trancey number by the Dutch group made its debut in 1998.
11. Captain Hollywood – “More and More”
Tony Harrison is the man behind Captain Hollywood and also often credited with pioneering the Eurodance movement.
12. Culture Beat – “Mr Vain”
This banger was released in in the Spring of 1993 and made number-one in Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
13. Vengaboys – “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!”
This track was on the more playful side of things, despite its adult themes and it instantly became a classic on the last year of the decade.
14. Gigi D’Agostino – “Bla Bla Bla”
This is a taste of Euro-house from 1999. There’s a 10 hour version on YouTube.
15. 2 Unlimited – “Get Ready For This”
Back to 1991 for a treat you may not be ready for.
16. French Affair – “My Heart Goes Boom”
This is a fun one.